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Loch Ness and Whisky Full-Day Tour from Inverness

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Loch Ness and Whisky Full-Day Tour from Inverness

Activity provider: Highland Experience Tours

From US$ 56.19 per person

Get a real taste of the Scottish highlands on a tour that takes you to Black Isle and to the unspoiled mudflats of Cromarty Firth. Spot bottlenose dolphins at Moray Firth, and maybe a monster from the shores of Loch Ness. Visit a malt whisky distillery.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • See the carefully preserved fishing village of Cromarty
  • Look for bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth
  • Choose an optional visit to the Glen Ord Distillery in Beauly
  • Do a bit of monster hunting at mysterious Loch Ness
Full description
Take a journey through the highlands on a full-day excursion that begins when you cross the Moray Firth from Inverness. Travel to the scenic Black Isle and then on to the beautiful estuary of the Cromarty Firth. The estuary is one of the largest areas of unspoiled mudflats in the U.K. and an important staging post for waders and wildfowl as they migrate south. Step back in time in the sleepy fishing village of Cromarty. See the quaint cottages, crow-stepped houses, and grand sandstone mansions. This attractive town was once the major port for the north of Scotland and it has retained its character to this day, thanks to careful conservation work. From Cromarty you’ll travel through spectacular scenery to Rosemarkie and Fortrose. These picturesque villages are separated by Chanonry Point, which juts out into the Moray Firth. The Firth is home to a community of some 130 bottlenose dolphins and Chanonry Point is a popular vantage point for spotting these amazing mammals. Continue on the drive to the Muir of Ord where, if you wish, you can visit Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery for a behind-the-scenes tour followed by a tasting of the end product. (This is optional and the price of admission is not included in the tour package.) The final visit of the day is to the little village of Drumnadrochit, which lies close to the banks of mysterious Loch Ness. Learn about the loch and its famous resident at the fascinating Official Loch Ness Exhibition Center. As you return to Inverness along the banks of the loch keep a careful watch, just in case the monster makes an appearance!
  • Highlands day tour
  • Transportation
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Entrance fee to Glen Ord Distillery
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT

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  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on the tour.
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4.4 /5

based on 44 reviews

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Would have liked more Loch Ness!

The title of the trip was a Loch Ness and Whiskey full day tour, but mainly consisted of stopping off at little villages. We didn’t really see much of Loch Ness and I was expecting to hear tales of the monster and more about the Loch itself? I felt like it was a little neglected in the tour itself if I’m honest. We later drove around it ourselves and there are some stunning views that we would have missed out on. The whiskey tour was good but as previously informed, we had to pay extra for this. The couple leading the tour were lovely and very attentive and we did enjoy our day but I just feel that the title of the tour was a tad misleading.

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August 8, 2019

The trip was amazing, scenery is awesome!

Had one glitsch--we booked in January for June--however, the touring company had us for January. Not sure how that happened, but we were lucky that one of the buses had room for us. Once we were on the way, the tour was marvelous. Beautiful scenery, knowledgable driver/guide, and got a great feel for the area we visited.

June 20, 2018

What a fantastic day out!

There were only five of us on the minibus and the driver (Chris) was such a nice man who stopped at various places to point out interesting views etc. He went out of his way to find places to show us and his knowledge was excellent. We stopped to take photos of Loch Ness and he even helped with some of the cameras! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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June 25, 2017

Product ID: 33225